Nature is avariciously frugal;
in matter, it allows no atom to elude its grasp;
in mind, no thought or feeling to perish.
It gathers up the fragments that nothing be lost.
There are times in life when we all feel this need to escape. In my case, Mother Nature has always been my gateway of choice letting me escape from whatever it is I am dealing with if only for a moment. I write this today to share my piece of solace and strength with some extremely strong women I know who need to be reminded that they are not alone. You know who you are. I am almost positive there are so many others going through things that they have no control of so, please let me share with you. My hope is that this little glimpse into what brings me joy will take you away, if just for that moment.
Today was the day I finally had a chance to don my hikers and head to my place of solace meaning the bush at the back of the farm lying just past Gracie’s Lane. Autumn had crept into my busy life with nary a glance from me. I wanted to see those leaves that were desperately clinging to the trees holding on and hoping someone would take notice of them before they were gone. A heavy rain and windstorm were imminent according to the weather man so, today had to be that day.
The very first thing I noticed after rushing down the lane and going round the bend just before I was to turn down Gracie’s Lane was a flock of about a dozen turkeys. They were frolicking through the leaves that had littered the ground creating a thick multi-layered multi-coloured carpet of crunchiness. It appeared the turkeys were enjoying the solace as much as I and searching for something to eat. That was when my stomach started to grumble and had me wishing I had brought something but alas I had forgotten in my haste to escape.
This is where I shall be snowshoeing not too far into the future, my own place of untouched beauty. A place completely wrapped in a fresh new layer of whiteness, an assortment of roaming creatures of the forest and me the girl who will be sporting a huge smile. This thought always has me so excited about the upcoming winter something I never really enjoyed before getting those snowshoes. I am so grateful that I found something that can get me through those long cold and sometimes very lonely winters. We all need something like that I think, that reason to get out of bed every morning, a place of beauty and peace oh yes I am truly grateful.
As soon as those turkeys heard the snap of a twig hidden under the littered leaves beneath my feet they turned and bolted into the trees, running up that hill as fast as they could. After watching those last beautiful tail feathers disappear I turned around and headed through that draping golden leafed entrance to Gracie’s Lane.
Oh, I have missed you slipped from my lips aloud. The wind rustling those leaves that were still clinging and struggling to hold on replied just as I knew they would. “We have been waiting for you”. That is exactly what I wanted to hear. I stood there closed my eyes with my head tilted towards the sky and let this place I love so much wrap her comforting arms around me. Oh, this is what I truly needed my old friend thank you. My soothing healing peace, why had I waited so long?
I opened my eyes and followed the whispers that called me deeper into the trees and those mysteries that only Mother Nature could share and had waiting for me. She was indeed calling and I try to never ignore that call.
Crunch, crunch, and smile. I am happy. Remember you are never alone.